This post is dedicated to my misunderstood friends, the brave souls that hide in the shadows, to the greatest warriors I know, and to those who fought but lost the fight to darkness.
Why do we lie to ourselves? Most of us know by now that depression can kill, yet many people choose to live in ignorant bliss of this fact. They think up of pseudo-solutions that could prevent/stop depression without understanding first what depression really is. Because of this, they naively think that those who resort to suicide do so because they “handled it wrongly” or are just “weak”.
A lot of them start by saying “I used to also suffer from depression, but…” They do not understand that HAVING depression and FEELING depressed are two completely different things. They always mistake the symptoms for the mental illness itself. It is safe to say that a lot of us have “felt depressed” before in our life due to tragic and upsetting moments, but we always find a way out of the rut because feelings are fleeting and temporary. However, depression is not a feeling – it is a state.
It is nearly impossible to try and debunk simply the misconceptions people have of depression in one post. So below I have given a list of links.
- Depression isn’t a real mental illness
- Depression is just exaggerated sadness
- Depression is a sign of weakness
- Real men don’t get depression
- You have no reason to be depressed if you are successful
- People who are generally happy cannot get depression
A lot of people don’t get treated for depression until it is too late. If you, or anyone that you know, has any of the symptoms of depression, please be sure to seek help. Get yourself clinically diagnosed at a psychiatrist, or you can also choose to call Befrienders for help. Please do not stay quiet. You are more important than you think.
From the National Institute of Mental Health‘s page on depression:
No two people are affected the same way by depression and there is no “one-size-fits-all” for treatment. It may take some trial and error to find the treatment that works best for you.
Incidentally, you can also check out #RIPCHESTER, the crisis and suicide prevention resources page on Linkin Park’s official website.
May light shine upon you.